First steps

Every plan has to start somewhere. The problem I have is I normally do too much, too fast and get burnt out and frustrated. In my first post I came up with a list of skills and habits that I think (and hope) will make my life easier. Now I’m trying to come up with a proper plan instead of the “flying by the seat of my pants” style I normally go with. For each goal I’m going to take a couple of little steps to get me started. At the moment I’m between jobs and once I get a job I’ll be moving to another city a couple of hours away, so it makes sense to start putting things into place now before life goes manic again. Plus in the meantime it gives me something to focus on, I’m not used to having so much spare time!

Goal 1: Learn how to plan and prep meals ahead

Once I start working again, the plan is to have work lunches and dinners ready to go. If it’s waiting for me to heat and eat, I will. Have you ever had a decision to make, not an important one, something trivial like what to wear or what to eat and felt completely overwhelmed by choice? Might just be me but sometimes making a choice is the exhausting part! If my meals are already prepped, I don’t have to think about it. “This is what I’ve prepped so this is what I’m eating”. There’s no temptation to order a takeaway or binge on something unhealthy because the quickest and easiest option is right in front of me. While I’m waiting to move I want to try out some recipes that I think would work well for meal prepping. Work out what I like and what I don’t so that when life gets crazy again I know what my favourite recipes are and how to cook them. I’ve also recently bought a soup maker. Is there anything better than a mug of hot soup on a cold autumn day? Plus if I make it myself I know exactly what is in it, so I’m going to get to grips with using that too.

Little steps:

  • Learn more about meal prepping. Read blog posts, watch videos, look through cook books and magazines.
  • Choose a few recipes and try them out. Discover what works and what doesn’t.
  • Get acquainted with my soup maker.

Goal 2: Declutter, organise clothes and make a capsule wardrobe

Lately it feels like I just have too much stuff! A couple of years ago I tried out the idea of a capsule wardrobe and it was great but when I moved away for work the habit slipped and the clothes crept back in.

Little steps:

  • Declutter room. Bin or donate anything I don’t have a use for.
  • Sort clothes. If it doesn’t fit or I haven’t worn it for over a year then it has to go.
  • Make an autumn capsule wardrobe. Box away all my summer clothes and choose what I’ll be wearing this season.

Goal 3: Get back into the habit of using a Bullet Journal

There’s a blog post about my bullet journal coming soon. I used a bullet journal every day for over a year and it was brilliant! One week at the beginning of the year I stopped, I don’t even know why but once I stopped I found it really difficult to start again. I didn’t want there to be a random gap in the dates, as silly as that sounds and the longer the gap became the harder it was to restart. So I’ve bought a new notebook and I’m starting afresh.

Little steps:

  • Set up bullet journal and get going again!

Goal 4: Make a budget and shop smarterĀ 

This one is more in the research stage at the moment. I’m living at home while interviewing but once I secure a job and move away a budget will be essential. I’m looking for a bit of inspiration.

Little steps

  • Research! Read blogs, articles and websites to learn more about how to set myself a budget that will allow me to save for my big goal, a house deposit.

Do you give yourself little steps to work towards big goals? Let me know in the comments =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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10 Replies to “First steps”

  1. These are some great ideas. I think it’s important to break down a big goal or task into smaller ones, it makes it seem less overwhelming and more accomplishable.

  2. These are really good goals and I hope you manage to reach them all! I used to love meal prepping it made life so much easier and I ate a lot healthier then, I really need to get back into the habit of it!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    1. Thanks Jess. Its so much easier to eat healthy when there’s something prepared. I always go for the easiest option so if I just need to reheat I know I’ll do that over calling a takeaway =) x

  3. These are really great goals that you’ve set. I moved out of my parents house and into my own place in June and I made it my goal to make sure that each week I have a meal plan in place. This stops me eating loads of junk and saves me so much money on not getting takeaways! Good luck with your goals!

    Charlotte| charlotteshares.co.uk

    1. Thanks Charlotte. That’s the plan, I know otherwise it will be so easy to be unhealthy and to blow a load of money on takeaways! Thanks for reading =) x

  4. This a really great list! I cleaned out my wardrobe yesterday and I felt to refreshed afterwards. I had a huge pile of clothes that I’m wanting to donate. Good luck with your bullet journalling goal! I know how hard it can be sometimes.

    1. Thanks Deborah, yes I first discovered it on pinterest a couple of years ago. It really takes the hassle out of getting dressed and it feels good opening the wardrobe to find your favourite outfits right there, not loads of clothes rammed in! Thanks for reading x

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